Need to Know
Philadelphia Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

A Look at Philadelphia’s Zero Waste Plan

Within the next three months, the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will release a series of complex and data-driven plans and goals to minimize waste and litter.

The city of Philadelphia has set a goal to achieve zero waste by 2035, and within the next three months, the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will release a series of complex and data-driven plans and goals to minimize waste and litter. Some of those efforts include adding organic waste collection services, gauging the cleanliness of neighborhoods via a rated Litter Index, conducting behavioral experiments and reducing the use of single-use cups.

Billy Penn has more details:

Philadelphia’s reputation as “Filthadelphia” dates back further than you’d likely imagine. This wasn’t some buzzword created by a politician in the ’80s or by a snotty New Yorker in the ’70s. It’s much deeper, with use of the phrase going back at least 98 years.

In 1919, a well-known doctor complaining about street cleaning was quoted by TIME saying, “Dust is pulverized poison and we have seen in Filthadelphia too much drifting into damned differential silences.”

Read the full story here.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish